Arjun Erigaisi’s stunning second-round victory over day’s joint leader Russia’s Daniil Dubov was the high point of Indian performances on the first day of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid online rapid chess tournament on Saturday.
Lowest-ranked player in the 16-player field, Arjun went to sign off with a draw with another joint-leader Ding Liren on a day when Alireza Firouzja shocked Magnus Carlsen.
Vidit Gujrathi, so close to beating Anish Giri in the first round, had a frustrating day but had the satisfaction of beating B. Adhiban in the day’s final round. Adhiban never got going. After losing the first two rounds, Adhiban opened his account following a draw with D, Gukesh, repeated the result against Arjun before crashing to another loss against Vidit.
Gukesh had his moments. He let Dubov off the hook in the first…